Monday, July 28, 2008

Book 50 of 52 -- Ted Kerasote's Merle's Door: Lessons From a Freethiking Dog

First, the cold facts -- Ted Kerasote has an uncanny ability to mix the sociology and history of dogs with humans and the very personal story of his life with his extraordinary Labrador mix, Merle, and makes it work like no other dog book I've read (and that's a lot of books).

He is such a good writer that it's fun to read science part, but what really makes Merle's Door sing, or howl, is the poignant love story of Ted and Merle as they get to know more about each other over the years.

Merle's story as told through Ted, who can put the words on the page since Merle could not, rings so true.

When you read this book you are reading the story of two friends who share a life of adventure and love that is simply all too short.

Millions of humans have had loving relationships with our canine halves, and never has it been so eloquently distilled in a single volume as this book.

Read it, shed some tears of joy, give it to your friends, this is a magical book.

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